Efficiency Ratings: USC Upstate

As the team dredges through the season, we plan to track its efficiency game by game to give the fans a more in-depth look at production. The Duke Scout.com site uses an NBA Efficiency Formula that we plan to use on South Carolina. USC defeated USC-Upstate 57-41 on Tuesday night, but how efficient were the players individual performances? Take a step inside, and Gamecock Anthem has the answer.

A quick way NBA coaches measure a player's game performance is by evaluating his efficiency. In order to find a player's efficiency the following formula is used:

((Points + Rebounds + Assists + Steals + Blocks) - ((Field Goals Att. - Field Goals Made) + (Free Throws Att. - Free Throws Made) + Turnovers)).

For example, compare the following stat lines:

Player A: 17 points (5-of-22 FG, 7-9 FT), 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals, 4 turnovers.

Player B: 15 points (5-8 FG, 3-4 FT), 4 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 turnovers

Who had the better game? Using the NBA formula player B, who hit five of eight shots and committed two turnovers registered a +20 efficiency total while Player A who missed 17 shots and had four turnovers had just a +11 rating.

For reference, according to the Scout.com Duke site, last year LeBron James posted the two most efficient games of the season with a +54 (37 points on 11-of-17 FG & 9-10 FT, 12 rebounds, 11 assist, 2 steals, 1 block, and 2 turnovers) and +50 (40 points on 16-of-23 FG & 6-6 FT, 8 rebounds, 8 assist, 1 steal, 2 blocks, and 2 turnovers) rating.

Notes: Lakeem Jackson has been the most productive player, and yet, the most sporadic. Jackson has produced the best rating of any player in a game by far (27), and he's also posted a tie for the lowest score at -2.

Brian Richardson has been the most consistent performer as he's recorded a rating of 11 each time out on the court. We will produce a rating each game to let you follow the productivity of this year's team. Here are the rest of the results (overall and game by game):

Tuesday's Game:

-Lakeem Jackson (19)
-Malik Cooke (9)
-Brian Richardson (5)
-Stephen Spinella (-1)
-Sam Muldrow (-2)
-Bruce Ellington (2)
-R.J. Slawson (5)
-Johndre Jefferson (9)
-Damontre Harris (9)
-Ramon Galloway (9)
-Eric Smith (-1)

Notes: Johndre Jefferson posted only a rating of a 9, but he didn't have any negatives in his rating. Meaning, he was perfect from the field, didn't miss any free throws and didn't have any turnovers.

Lakeem Jackson was also very efficient as he posted the second-most efficient night of any player on the team with a rating of 19 in only 23 minutes of play. Jackson raised his per game average to 14.

Overall Rating (Through 4 Games):

-Lakeem Jackson (56) - 14 avg.
-Malik Cooke (43) - 10.75
-Brian Richardson (38) - 9.5
-Johndre Jefferson (33) - 8.25
-Stephen Spinella (32) - 8
-Bruce Ellington (31) - 7.75
-R.J. Slawson (31) - 7.75
-Sam Muldrow (28) - 7
-Damontre Harris (28) - 7
-Ramon Galloway (23) - 5.75
-Eric Smith (4) - 1

Top 5 Performances of the Season:

1. Lakeem Jackson (Nov. 12 vs. Elon) - 27
2. Lakeem Jackson (Nov. 23 vs. USC-Upstate) 19
3. Stephen Spinella (Nov. 19 vs. Radford) - 17
4. Sam Muldrow (Nov. 12 vs. Elon) - 16
4. Johndre Jefferson (Nov. 12 vs. Elon) - 16

It's worth a note that once lineups begin to shape out and the schedules start to strengthen that minutes will pickup for certain players. Production will then increase severely for those players, and you won't see a balance of production like there has been.

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